Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1094

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Jo Harrop : Hampstead Jazz Club 6/1/2020

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It's been a while since I'd seen Ms Harrop performing, in fact it was several years ago at Paul Pace's thriving Spice Of Life Club,so it was good to catch her at this intimate Jazz venue with fresh ears and new expectations,I came prepared and was not dissappointed.

The set consisted of jazz evergreens with some rarities I'd not heard notably,the sublime Mc Coy Tyner composition 'You Taught My Heart To Sing' and the gospel tinged,Billy Taylor inspired 'Wise Words'.

Intelligent and technically skilful, the band hooked us in on their swift improvisational edge, featuring Jamie McCredie's fluid guitar,Jihad Darwish's double bass, set in granite and man about town, Andy Davies on spellbindingly good trumpet.This outfit is all about vim and vigour and the swift rhytym changes tune at the end epitomized this.

Harrop's appeal is her seductive mannerisms and phrasing mixed with plenty of hip cachet.As interpreter of lyrics, she draws you into the narrative with effortless style and ease.

The voice is husky toned, with immaculate timing, an unsentimental tenderness and a shrewd wit proves she's at the top of her game and with a new album in the pipeline on Lateralize things are looking decidedly rosy for this enterprising and elegant singer. 2020 is shaping up nicely for both the artist and esteemed club,this was a cracking start to the new year.
Words Emrys Baird

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